Category Archives: Oakland, CA

BART along MLK Way

BART along MLK Way,” originally uploaded by MSPdude.

Via Flickr:
A Richmond-bound BART train runs on elevated tracks above the congestion on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Oakland.

MLK Way

IMG_9372 by Morgan Jones

IMG_9372, a photo by Morgan Jones on Flickr.

Just a few of the enjoyable images in this set: MLK Way.

Dice Trash Can on MLK by Morgan Jones
Dice Trash Can on MLK, a photo by Morgan Jones on Flickr.
IMG_9369 by Morgan Jones
IMG_9369, a photo by Morgan Jones on Flickr.
IMG_9433 by Morgan Jones
IMG_9433, a photo by Morgan Jones on Flickr.
IMG_9438 by Morgan JonesIMG_9438, a photo by Morgan Jones on Flickr.

The Safehouse

The Safehouse by Morgan Jones
The Safehouse, a photo by Morgan Jones on Flickr.

Caption explains:

The Safehouse was West Oakland’s anarchist mothership.

This three-story building at 3277 MLK Jr. Way housed a squatter commune for eight months in 2010. About 20 young occupants were evicted by the owners in December of that year; by then they had already started branching out to other houses in West Oakland. In the early morning hours of May 1, The Safehouse was gutted by fire. This particular house had been vacant for over a decade before it was occupied by squatters; rampant foreclosures have given them even more homes to choose from. These anarchist communes serve as hubs for many of the core activists at Occupy Oakland.

Initially occupied by a few heroin junkies in early 2010, the building somehow evolved into a magnet for young anarchists, “crusty travelers,” or just plain wayward youth from all over. The road between Eugene, Oregon, and Oakland seemed particularly well-traveled. (The very compelling story of The Safehouse, told by one of the occupants, may be read in the Anarchist News forum, here. The eviction of the group can be seen on YouTube here. A news blurb on the fire is here.)

Car culture playground in Oakland


Car Culture Play Area, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

The caption notes: “I walk by this playground off MLK almost every day and have never once seen a child playing here. The freeway-themed play area includes a truck, police car and ‘Desert Command’ Hummer.”

And below: “Teaching American kids where oil comes from, the ‘Desert Command’ play vehicle. Oakland, Calif.”


Petroleum Economy Artifact, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

 

Oakland views


Overpass Vines, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

Multiple overpasses form a tunnel on 30th St. @ MLK.


Eli’s Mile High Club, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

Eli’s was formerly a blues club and now survives as a working class punk rock joint. A story is here.


MLK Mural, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

Freeway Backboard, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

At a park off MLK.

Oakland


MLK35, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

“Stitch from 35th and MLK,” is the caption on this image, which would be nice to see at greater scale than is possible here. It’s from a set called MLK Way, as are images below. Worth checking out; lots of great stuff.


The Maze @ MLK, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

“Overpasses rise as high as 100 feet above MLK.”


MLK Oakland, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.


MLK Oakland, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

“In the shadow of the Grove-Shafter Freeway.”


The Maze @ MLK, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

“Eight overpasses cross MLK between 35th and 36th streets.”

Oakland “Maze”


MLK Oakland, originally uploaded by Morgan Jones.

Caption: MLK and “The Maze.”